⭑⭑⭑½ (3.5/5 see book reviews)

Three sentence summary

Hatchet tells the story of Brian Robeson a thirteen-year old boy going to visit his father for the summer in the oil-fields of of the Northern-Canadian wilderness. When the pilot of his tiny plane suffers a heart-attack enroute, Brian crash lands and spends the ensuing 54-days learning lessons about survival and personal resilience. This book was a Newbery medal winner from around the time I was in elementary school.


The book reminds me of Starship Troopers insofar as it preaches pull yourself up by your bootstraps kind of self-reliance that I’m conflicted about.

  • Title: Hatchet
  • Author: Gary Paulsen
  • Pages: 192
  • Format: EBook
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • ISBN: 1416936475
  • Genre: Young Adult